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Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

December 27, 2013 | By | Reply More
Writing The Science Fiction Film by Robert Grant (book review).

If you thought all of Michael Wiese Production books used American authors, then this will show different as Robert Grant, the author of ‘Writing The Science Fiction Film’ is British, a Londoner in fact. As with all of the Wiese books, these are designed for use at film schools or for potential film-makers to provide […]

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UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

December 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
UFO Investigations Manual by Nigel Watson (book review).

In more recent years, I’ve tended to become a lot more ambivalent when it comes to UFO sightings. Going back through history, although this book starts in 1892, Man has always seen odd things in the skies. Once they were thought to be gods and monsters, then airships and, from the 1930s on, alien spacecraft. […]

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Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure by Dan O’Bannon with Matt R. Lohr (book review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure by Dan O’Bannon with Matt R. Lohr (book review).

It’s been three years since scriptwriter Dan O’Bannon died in 2010. Before then, he wrote this book, ‘Dan O’Bannon’s Guide To Screenplay Structure’, with media student Matt R. Lohr helping him get his research and such put together. I should point out that O’Bannon was also a filmmaker-in-residence at Chapman University and was teaching scriptwriting. […]

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Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

December 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Gentlemen Junkie by Harlan Ellison (book review).

Harlan Ellison has produced a steady stream of award-winning short stories and television scripts down the years, often in the fantasy and Science Fiction genres. This book does not fall into those categories but perhaps SFCrowsnest got it because he’s a fantasy author or perhaps because it‘s from the Subterranean Press who release many excellent […]

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We’re back in the poll business.

December 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
We’re back in the poll business.

Hello everyone We’re starting an experiment to see if you folk want the SFC main page to have voting polls back so you can see if we non-conformists can agree about anything. Unlike other polls, I hope to cover all options. If you think I’ve missed anything, you can find me email in the editorial […]

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Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

December 1, 2013 | By | Reply More
Editorial – December 2013: Category be thy name.

Category be thy name. Hello everyone It’s a singular human tradition to put things into categories. No doubt this helps find things in our own memories than having to recall everything in detail like…well, like I do here from time to time. Even we geeks aren’t immune to this. One only has to look at […]

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12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

November 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
12 Years A Slave (film review by Frank Ochieng).

On those rare, bold and special occasions cinema has a definitive way of capturing the historical hideousness of human despair and demoralization. To examine the underlining evilness and atrocities of humanity and package it in a two hour-plus pathos-ridden presentation of stark and revealing entertainment is indeed an artistic achievement to say the least. The […]

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The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature by L. Sun (book review).

November 25, 2013 | By | Reply More
The Fairness Instinct: The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature by L. Sun (book review).

It isn’t just Man who is predisposed towards the value of fairness. A lot of animals and especially other primates prefer this innately as well. Professor Lixing Sun’s book ‘The Fairness Instinct’ with its sub-title ‘The Robin Hood Mentality And Our Biological Nature’ points the way as to why we feel this way and want […]

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Unconscious Branding by Douglas Van Praet (book review).

November 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Unconscious Branding by Douglas Van Praet (book review).

Reading Douglas Van Praet’s book ‘Unconscious Branding’, it didn’t take long to dawn on me that I’m mostly immune to most advertising, conscious or otherwise. As a long standing (all right, I do sit down as well) type one diabetic, I have to view most processed foods and anything containing sugar with suspicion. I might […]

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Writers Rehab by D.B. Gilles (book review).

November 20, 2013 | By | Reply More
Writers Rehab by D.B. Gilles (book review).

I don’t often come across very tiny paperbacks, but ‘Writers Rehab’ by D.B. Gilles is certainly one of them. The size chosen is no doubt so you can keep it in your pocket for when you suffer a particular aliment called ‘writer’s block’ or just doubt about your writing ability so you can get treatment […]

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